There’s no need for fancy baby travel beds or baby travel systems in order for parents to enjoy baby travel as early as two months after birth.
For parents, traveling with a baby can seem incredibly daunting. It doesn’t help that countless companies sell products, including baby travel beds, baby travel systems, and baby travel pillows, that make the whole thing seems less like a chore than a surgical procedure. These products can help, sure, but owning them is not mandatory. The truth is that, like many other things in life, traveling with a baby just is what it is — difficult but manageable. That said, there are guidelines that parents should observe and some facts parents ought to know.
“You’re with all these other people, and they’re breathing on your child. Basically, our big concern is babies getting sick when parents are traveling,” says Dr. Aishwarya Deenadayalu of Portland, Oregon’s Metropolitan Pediatrics. “For any sort of big travel, whether it’s a big road trip or plane or train, I would love for babies to have their vaccines, especially with any sort of international travel. We usually do the first set of vaccines at two months.”
Plane travel is extremely attractive for mobile parents during the first two years. Why? Children younger than 2-years-old fly for free on most airlines, provided they’re able to sit in a parent’s lap. On international flights, many airlines even offer up tiny baby beds/bassinets that plug into the bulkhead, allowing parents a little reprieve from holding the kid and providing a space for the child to stretch out (and dad to have a beer). In fact, travel systems have…